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2012 Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual

Children’s Services Handbook : 5. THSteps Medical : 5.1 THSteps Medical and Dental Administrative Information : 5.1.4 Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)

5.1.4
The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) requires health-care providers to report:
The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 requires health care providers to report certain adverse events that occur following vaccination. As a result, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System was established by CDC and FDA in 1990. VAERS provides a mechanism for the collection and analysis of adverse events (side effects) associated with vaccines currently licensed in the United States. Adverse events are defined as health effects that occur after immunization that may or may not be related to the vaccine. VAERS data are monitored continually to detect unknown adverse events or increases in known side effects.
A copy of the Reportable Events Table can be obtained by calling VAERS at 1‑800‑822‑7967 or by downloading it from www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/forms/vaers_table.pdf.
Clinically significant adverse events should be reported even if it is unclear whether a vaccine caused the event. For additional information about NCVIA, providers can refer to www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/forms/11-11246.

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